Airline Mergers, Alliances, and Joint Ventures: The Differences and Their Impact on Your Corporate Airline Agreement

By: Mike Heck, Director of Supplier Solutions

In today’s rapidly changing airline environment, there seems to be daily news on mergers, alliances, and joint ventures.  As a corporate travel manager, it is important to understand how each of these is different and, more importantly, how they could impact a corporate agreement you may have with an airline.

A merger is a combination of two companies where one corporation is completely absorbed by another corporation.  The most recently announced airline merger was between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America.  Following full government approval and the issuance of a new operating certificate, Alaska Airlines will be the nation’s fifth largest airline.  They will be a major player on the west coast and will be able to compete more effectively with the Big 3 (Delta, United and American), and Southwest.  Upon receipt of the new operating certificate, the Virgin America brand will cease to exist.  The most recent major merger was that of American and US Air.  That merger closed with the US Air brand leaving the marketplace in October of 2015.

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Combine two amazing family experiences into one unforgettable vacation

Royal Caribbean® has teamed up with Universal Orlando Resort™ for an exclusive vacation package.
Encounter raptors in Jurassic Park, journey through the magical world of Harry Potter and get into mischief with Minions when you visit one of Universal Studios imaginative theme parks:

  • Universal Studios Florida™
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure™

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G Adventures Introduces 2017 ‘Ambassadors of Change’

We are thrilled to announce that Katie Tappa, a Vacation Travel Consultant in our Green Bay office was recently chosen from a pool of 350 applicants as one of seven of G Adventures‘ 2017 Ambassadors of Change.  See the official announcement and learn more about the program below.  Congrats Katie!

New York, NY — Speaking on stage in front of a crowd of travel agents, operators, suppliers and industry leaders at the New York Times Travel Show, G Adventures founder/owner Bruce Poon Tip announced the seven winners of his company’s first search for U.S. Ambassadors of Change. The announcement came during the Focus on Adventure session at the show today, sponsored by the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

“Travel and tourism can be transformative forces for good, but we need champions to help us educate travelers about the power of their purchases. G Adventures’ agent partners are key change makers in this vision. We’re very happy to give our new ambassadors this platform and opportunity.”

G Adventures’ 2017 Ambassadors of Change are:

  • Leslie Wahlgren, of Kahala Travel in California and the Signature Travel Network
  • Sally Black, of VacationKids in Pennsylvania, a member of Travel Leaders
  • Theresa Jackson, from Enlightened Journeys Travel in New Jersey, a Virtuoso Advisor
  • Katie Tappa, of Fox World Travel in Wisconsin, and the Signature Travel Network
  • Valerie Mahoney, with Avoya Travel in New Jersey, and American Express
  • Myrna Arroyo, of Largay Travel in Louisiana, a Virtuoso Advisor
  • Doug Orens, with Plaza Travel in California, a member of Signature Travel Network

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Fox World Travel Featured in Travelport Case Study

Travelport recently published a case study focusing on Fox World Travel’s utilization of Travelport Smartpoint to enhance the customer journey, streamline training and maximize agent productivity.  It highlights our investment in technology and training to ensure we are servicing our customers the best we can, while further developing strong partnerships in travel.  You can read this case study here.


Three Ways Travel Management Technology Should be Enhancing Your Travelers’ Experience

Keeping abreast of new travel technology can be an overwhelming task. With the rapid pace of innovation and continual release of new products, you could use an expert in your corner. Working with a technology-forward travel management provider, like Fox World Travel, is an ideal place to start and unravel the complexity of how to deliver the most value to your organization and travelers.

With that in mind, here’s a few ways a travel management company (TMC) should be using technology to enhance your travelers’ experience from trip planning through their travel journey.

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January and February Busy Time for Travel Shows

Fox World Travel is proud to announce a diverse line-up of vacation travel shows and office events throughout Wisconsin in January and February.  If you are interested in learning more about travel to Ireland, Italy, Walt Disney World, popular U.S. destinations, Galapagos & Peru, the Caribbean or Europe by River Cruise… then there is a show for you!

View our schedule of events here and register today!

Win an Air-inclusive 6-night New Zealand & Australia Vacation for Two from Monograms and Air New Zealand

This 6-night package includes roundtrip airfare from the USA (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston or Honolulu) to Sydney, Australia with a free stop in Auckland New Zealand; 3-night stay at the Crowne Plaza Auckland, half day of city sightseeing including a scenic cruise on Auckland’s famous harbor and airfare from Auckland to Sydney; 3-night stay at the Rydges World Square hotel, a half day of city sightseeing including a stop at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and a visit to stunning Bondi Beach; breakfast daily; roundtrip airport transfers in Auckland and Sydney — courtesy of Monograms and Air New Zealand.


Kalka named Fox World Travel Sr. Director, Global Sales

Fox World Travel is pleased to announce George Kalka has joined Fox’s business travel sales team.

Kalka has been named the Senior Director of Global Sales. In his role, he will join the Fox World Travel sales team and partner with stakeholders across the organization to focus on large market opportunities nationally, particularly in the eastern United States and Ohio.

A highly-respected leader, Kalka has worked in the hospitality and travel industry for more than 15 years serving in regional, national and executive sales roles.  In a prior position as Fox’s Senior Director of Account Management, he directed the implementation of global travel programs, integrated Fox’s meeting management and client solutions teams, and delivered commercial technology solutions to the company’s business travel customers.

“I’m thrilled to bring Fox’s proven multinational travel management solutions to organizations in the eastern U.S., providing cost reductions and industry-leading technology while enriching the service provided to their travelers,” Kalka stated.  “I’m proud to work with an experienced team at Fox that’s passionate about helping customers achieve expert travel management.”

The Big Sale is Back

Fox World Travel is excited to announce that the Big Sale is Back!  Now through January 20, enjoy special offers and exclusive savings from some of our top travel partners, including Funjet Vacations, Apple Vacations, Globus Family of Brands, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Line and Holland America Line.  Vacations to destinations worldwide are on sale and you’ll discover a number of added values.

We recommend contacting a travel agent to make sure you’re getting the best value and vacation that’s right for you!

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Fox World agents named top 50 for Hawaiian Vacations

Two Fox World Travel consultants earned the distinction of being top agents for Hawaiian vacations by Hyatt Resorts.

Carri Kersten, Manitowoc, and Barb Anderson, Brookfield, earned a place in the Hyatt Hawaii Five-O Program, which celebrates the top 50 travel agents of the year—worldwide.  Both agents were chosen because of their superior effort and partnership with Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii.

Kersten has been in the travel industry since 1988, where she uses her own diverse travel experiences to help clients plan memorable vacations. Her favorite vacation destination is Hawaii, which lead her to become a certified Hawaiian Islands Destination Specialist. Her other specialties include Cancun, the Rivera Maya and Europe River Cruising.

Anderson is a travel specialist with more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in planning trips to Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii—Hawaii being her favorite. She has traveled to Hawaii more than 15 times and explored each of the islands giving her first-hand knowledge about the destination she can share with her clients.